My wife and I are headed to Paris so soon it's scary. I've waded through a ton of posts, but it's really tough to figure out all the options, geography, etc.
I'm sure we'll figure out some options on our own, but I'd love it if some of those in the know could point us towards some good choices that are "ChowHound Approved" and within our budget (and hopefully within easy walking distance or easy Metro hops from our hotel). I'm just not familiar enough with the city, and how difficult or easy it is to get around, to judge anything that's not easy walking distance.
We're staying near the Arc de Triomphe in the 8th, but also near the 17th and 16th, since they all come together right at the Arc. (Le Méridien Etoile hotel, 81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr) Again, not sure how easy it is to get around... the 7th isn't far at all from the 8th, but the river is in the way... is that not even a consideration at all, or it crossing a big PITA?
We're primarily looking for modestly-priced (but still excellent!) locations, to the extent possible, although we'll be able to splurge up to 50-80 euros (each) for the 25th, a birthday dinner.
I'm sure we're looking for the same thing thousands of others are, nice places with fabulous food and impossibly cheap prices, that aren't touristy and yet cater to those with extremely limited college French (from well over a decade ago, at that)... hey, dream the impossible dream, right? ;-) Still, I'd be super grateful for assistance here, since this is confusing the heck out of me.
Help me, ChowHound, you're my only hope!